“You should be a teacher.”
I heard that quite a bit from people in the ten years before I switched careers and became a teacher. Most of those people were rational, arguably sane individuals.
However, none of those people were teachers, so their advice and enthusiasm should have been suspect. When the time came, I took their suggestions at face value and plunged ahead anyway. And my years in the classroom were some of the most enjoyable in my professional career. But suggesting someone become a teacher is tricky business, especially when one has never been a teacher oneself.
Recently, the US Department of Education, in conjunction with the Ad Council and a host of sponsors, launched a new advertising campaign called “Teach.” The ad spots encourage young college graduates to pursue a teaching career, leaning on the appeal of teaching as a creative, meaningful, and impactful profession. The STEM disciplines are a particular focus. (You can learn more about this campaign here.)
If you’re reading this blog, it’s highly likely you are an active teacher (with great taste in blogs). So you might find yourself at some point encouraging someone to become a teacher. How do you do it? How would you sell a teaching career to a young person in college? Share your ideas in the comments.